RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Following a courageous 13-year journey with cancer, Ralph “Red” Osterhoudt passed from this life on April 4, 2018, at Albany Medical Center with his wife Sheila, son, Cory and sister, Janice, at his bedside.
In recent days, Ralph enjoyed being with family, extended family and friends celebrating his grandson Jack’s fourth birthday, his own 73rd April Fool’s/Easter birthday, a birthday brunch and visits from many family members and friends bringing him love support and best wishes.
Ralph was the first born of Bessie Stoddard Osterhoudt and Ralph Hopkins Osterhoudt. He was raised with two brothers, Ron and Chuck and one sister, Janice Misencik.
He graduated from Richfield Springs Central School in 1963 and married Sheila Curcio in 1965.
He served his country in the Vietnam War, was a charter member of the Richfield Springs Lions Club and was owner and operator of Parkview Liquors for the last 39 years.
Cory’s cherished son was born in 1980. He married Lisa Asher, formerly of Clinton, in 2012, and they, along with their children, 4-year-old Jack Thomas and 5-month-old Ella Irene, have been a constant and tremendous source of comfort and joy along with Ralph’s many friends whose relationships have all meant the world to him. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Ryan, Randy, Ramie, Mathew, Mark, Erin, Lisa, Christopher, Josh, Shelly and Michael.
Calling hours will be 4- 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, at J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment with military honors, in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Richfield Springs, will be be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lions Club, Richfield Springs Legion, CNY Association for the Blind or charity of choice.